Citizens – It All Matters

You’re not alone.
We tend to hear that most when we’re down or when we’re afraid, and sometimes it can come across as one of those pithy sayings when it’s difficult to believe. It’s hard to believe that you’re not alone sometimes, especially when the God who says He’s with you is silent and invisible. 
But really, you’re not alone. Not in the good times, and not in the bad, and there are so many verses in the Bible that reiterate again and again how much God cares for you and how much it pleases Him to be near you.
It’s such a beautiful thing—how close God is to you, and how constant He is in his nearness. 1 Samuel 12:22 says, “For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.” His pleasure doesn’t come from what you do or what season of life you’re in. It isn’t contingent on whether you’ve been praying enough or being a “good Christian”. It’s simply that you exist and that He is near you. He longs for us to draw close to Him because inviting Him into our lives is what pleases Him.
God’s pleasure in us is easy to forget. We turn away when we feel alone, and sometimes we tend to drift during the good times when life seems to be going our way. Even when those times do crop up, though we may stray, God’s presence in our lives doesn’t diminish.
Psalm 27:10 says, “Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me.” God sees everything in our lives, even the things we don’t want other people to know. He sees the good and the bad—the thoughts we think and the little things that go unnoticed. Therefore, He is the only one with a clear perception of us. Only he can understand who we truly are, and whether or not it’s what other people see, whether what He notices is more or less than others’ opinions of us, He draws close. He choses to be close to us no matter what.
There is nothing we can do to make ourselves be truly alone. Throughout our entire lives, there is no moment that is hidden or that goes unnoticed by God. They all matter, because He created you, He knows you, and He wants to be near you. Psalm 139 is almost entirely devoted to this sentiment of how inescapable God is. He has woven Himself into the fabric of your life, whether you’re aware of it or not, and there isn’t one second of your life that He isn’t present in. He is by your side in the midst of pain, and He celebrates with you in times of happiness.
The Bible is full of reminders of how close God is, and how close He longs to be to you. If it’s not obvious, remember that our God is often a quiet God, and He hides Himself (Isaiah 45:15). So even if He’s quiet, it certainly doesn’t mean He isn’t there.

– Sarah Eberwein

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